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Open burning restrictions begin Feb. 15

Open burning will be restricted in Loudoun County between Feb. 15 and April 30, the Loudoun County Fire Marshall's Office reminded local residents Monday.

The regulations prohibit open fires between the hours of midnight and 4 p.m., according to the county's public information office.

The restrictions are meant to avoid rapid fire spread across woodlands and grasslands as a result of dry outdoor fuels, high winds and temperature increases, conditions generally present in the late winter and early spring.

Open burning during this time frame is prohibited at all times within the Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville and Round Hill town limits.

Other residents may conduct open burning between 4 p.m. and midnight, limited to leaves, tree, yard and garden trimmings, as long as it is not done within 50 feet of any structure.

Anyone operating open burning must contact the county's Emergency Communications center at 703-777-0333 before starting the fire and at the end of the burning.

Violators of the law could face a fine of up to $2,500 and a year in jail.

More information about the so-called “4 p.m. law” is available at http://www.loudoun.gov/firemarshal.

-Trevor Baratko

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